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NVDA 2015.2 Released

NV Access would like to announce the release of NVDA 2015.2. To find out more or to download a copy, please see the official NV Access announcement.

There were no changes from rc2. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this release possible.

NVDA 2015.2rc2 Released

NVDA 2015.2rc2 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be identical to the final 2015.2 release.

NVDA 2015.2rc2 fixes support for mathematical content, which did not work at all in rc1.

NVDA 2015.2rc1 Released

NVDA 2015.2rc1 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be identical to the final 2015.2 release.

Highlights of this release include the ability to read charts in Microsoft Excel and support for reading and interactive navigation of mathematical content.

Beta support for Math Available to NVDA Users

In joint collaboration with Design Science and the Educational Testing Service, NV Access has been adding support for reading mathematics in the NVDA screen reader. Making use of Design Science's MathPlayer 4 beta, NVDA will be able to provide rich access to mathematical content in both Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. And with the addition of Design Science's existing MathType product, access to mathematical content in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Powerpoint will be also soon a reality.

Although not yet in an official release of NVDA, you can try out this support in a special math build of NVDA. This support also requires MathPlayer 4 beta to be installed, optionally along with MathType (for access to math in Microsoft Word and Powerpoint). Both of these can be downloaded from the Design Science website. You can read Design Science's news announcement as well.

This new support allows the NVDA user to read mathematical content in a meaningful way via speech, and also in Nemeth Braille via a Braille display. There is a new math navigation mode added to NVDA which allows you to navigate within the mathematical content, moving through the content in a logical fashion, with the ability to zoom in and out of fractions, parentheses and other logical groups. When positioned on math content, this mode can be activated by pressing NVDA+alt+m. If you find any bugs with this new support, please provide comments on Trac ticket #4673.

  • Posted: 2015-03-06 04:34 (Updated: 2015-03-06 07:21)
  • Author: mdcurran
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NVDA 2015.1 Released

NV Access would like to announce the release of NVDA 2015.1. To find out more or to download a copy, please see the official NV Access announcement.

There were no changes from rc1. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this release possible.

NVDA 2015.1rc1 Released

NVDA 2015.1rc1 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be identical to the final 2015.1 release.

Highlights of this release include browse mode for documents in Microsoft Word and Outlook; major enhancements to support for Skype for Desktop; and significant fixes for Microsoft Internet Explorer.

NVDA 2014.4 Released

NV Access would like to announce the release of NVDA 2014.4. To find out more or to download a copy, please see the official NV Access announcement.

The only changes from rc1 to the release were some language fixes. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this release possible.

NVDA 2014.4rc1 Released

NVDA 2014.4rc1 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be identical to the final 2014.4 release.

NVDA 2014.3 Released

NV Access would like to announce the release of NVDA 2014.3. To find out more or to download a copy, please see the official NV Access announcement.

Thanks to everyone who helped to make this release possible.

NVDA 2014.3rc3 Released

NVDA 2014.3rc3 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be identical to the final 2014.3 release.

Changes from rc2 to rc3:

  • Fixed a regression that stopped the next paragraph script (control+downArrow) from working in Microsoft word on extremely large documents. (#4375)

Changes from rc1 to rc2:

  • Fixed a regression that stopped the ability to navigate within an Excel spreadsheet if the sheet was protected. (#4409)
  • Fixed a regression that stopped the sayAll command from working within a Microsoft Word Table. (#4423)

NVDA 2014.3rc1 Released

NVDA 2014.3rc1 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be identical to the final 2014.3 release.

NVDA 2014.2 Released

NV Access would like to announce the release of NVDA 2014.2. To find out more or to download a copy, please see the official NV Access announcement.

Thanks to everyone who helped to make this release possible.

NVDA 2014.2rc1 Released

NVDA 2014.2rc1 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be identical to the final 2014.2 release.

Improving NVDA support for Microsoft Outlook

In the last week or so, we have been concentrating on improving support for Microsoft Outlook in NVDA. Outlook is a very popular email client for corporates, and we get a lot of requests to improve NVDA's support for this program so that people can comfortably use NVDA within their organisation.

We have so far worked on two major areas. These are the email message list (e.g. Inbox) and The Calendar.

Note that these enhancements are not yet in a stable version of NVDA, nor will they make it into NVDA 2014.2 (coming out later this month). However, if testing goes well, they will be in NVDA 2014.3 (due at the end of August). For now, you can test current "next" snapshots, available from the Snapshots page.

For the message list, we have tried to cut out unneeded information and have made it possible to determine if column headers should be spoken or not, based on the Report Table column and row headers option in NVDA's Document formatting settings dialog. It is also now possible to use control+alt +left and right arrows to move through the columns. These enhancements to the message list are supported in Outlook 2010 and 2013 on Windows 7 and Windows 8. At this point in time, they cannot be supported for older versions of Office, nor Operating Systems with non-existent or broken implementations of UI Automation.

For the Calendar, when using the arrow keys, home and end, etc. to move through the calendar, NVDA will appropriately announce the date (if it changes) and the time of the current time slot. It will also announce if there are any appointments covering the given time slot. If there are, you can of course then press tab and shift+tab to move through the appointments at that time. Again, NVDA will announce the appointment's time, date (if appropriate) and subject. This support should work with Outlook 2007, 2010 and 2013 on any operating system.

This work is ongoing, but We encourage people to try out the support and provide feedback where they can so that we can ensure a satisfactory experience with NVDA and Outlook, especially within a corporate environment.

To provide feedback on these specific issues, please see the following track tickets:

  • Posted: 2014-05-06 14:32 (Updated: 2014-05-06 16:48)
  • Author: mdcurran
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NVDA 2014.1 Released

NV Access would like to announce the release of NVDA 2014.1. To find out more or to download a copy, please see the official NV Access announcement.

There was one change after rc4:

  • When NVDA is configured to use French, the Input Gestures dialog now works correctly.

Thanks to everyone who helped to make this release possible.

NVDA 2014.1rc4 Released

NVDA 2014.1rc4 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be identical to the final 2014.1 release.

Changes from rc3 to rc4:

  • Updated eSpeak to version 1.48.04 which fixes an important pronunciation issue for Dutch.

NVDA 2014.1rc3 Released

NVDA 2014.1rc3 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be identical to the final 2014.1 release.

Changes from rc2 to rc3:

  • Updated eSpeak to version 1.48.03 which fixes some voice quality issues introduced in the 2014.1 development cycle.

NVDA 2014.1rc2 Released

NVDA 2014.1rc2 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be identical to the final 2014.1 release.

Changes from rc1 to rc2:

  • Fixed tracking of the caret for some editable text fields that rely on text written to the screen such as the main text area in Balabolka. (#3901)

NVDA 2014.1rc1 Released

NVDA 2014.1rc1 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be identical to the final 2014.1 release.

Seeking Testers for NVDA Quick Books 2014 Support

Recently, NV Access has been taking part in a project between My Blind Spot and Intuit to make Intuit Quick Books accessible to the blind. Thanks to some support from My Blind Spot to NV Access, we have been working on support for Quick Books 2014 in NVDA.

Please find a message below from Albert J Rizzi seeking testers for the new Quick Books support. Note that the code is not yet in next or master snapshots, but will be available to you as try builds if you choose to join the project. Eventually once stable, the code will either be an add-on freely available, or integrated into NVDA itself.

--- Message --- We are seeking experienced QuickBooks and NVDA users. Note that the test is not a training platform for either, so if you do not already know NVDA, or have a strong familiarity with QuickBooks, please do not apply for this test.

Interested individuals should contact info@myblindspot.org

Albert J. Rizzi, M.Ed. Founder and CEO My Blind Spot, Inc. 90 Broad Street - 18th Fl. New York, New York 10004 www.myblindspot.org PH: 917-553-0347 --- end message ---